Alfred George Harmer

Alfred George Harmer was born in 1886. He was baptised in St Cyr’s Church in March 1899 along with his brothers Ernest, Percy and Reginald.

In 1891 he was living at Stanley Downton where he was born. By 1901 the family were living at 9 Avenue Terrace and Alfred was working as a bobbin hand, possibly at nearby Bond’s Mill. In 1911 he was a leather worker. He married Elsie Hogg in 1915 and they had a daughter, Ruby.

Alfred joined the Worcestershire Regiment in 1916 and saw action in France and Flanders. He was captured by the Germans on April 11th 1918 and sent to a Prisoner of War camp in Ingolstadt, Germany. He died of tuberculosis on November 8th 1918 and was buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery.

He is recorded on the Stonehouse War Memorial and remembered by his family including his granddaughter Shirley Wheatley who has sent us this photo of her grandfather in his army uniform.

Stonehouse war memorial